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High Calorie Foods List

This list is intended for cancer patients who may need to consume calorie-rich foods in smaller portions. These foods are not right for all patients. Once weight gain has started, patients may need to go back to a more balanced diet. Patients should consult with their health care provider or nutritionist for more information.

Please note serving sizes. Eating more or less can affect calories. Try to choose items with 100 calories or more per serving.

Healthier Choices

  • Banana (medium): 105 calories
  • Avocado (half-cup): 117 calories
  • Guacamole (half-cup): 170 calories
  • Kellogg's Low-Fat Granola with Raisins (2/3 cup): 230 calories
  • Plain granola cereal (1 cup): 598 calories
  • Granola bar, hard, plain (1 oz.): 118 calories
  • Granola bar, soft, chocolate and peanut butter (1 oz.): 188 calories
  • Canned peaches in light syrup (1 cup): 136 calories
  • Maple syrup (2 tbsp.): 104 calories
  • Honey (2 tbsp.): 128 calories
  • Olive oil (2 tbsp.): 238 calories
  • Natural peanut butter (2 tbsp.): 190 calories
  • Egg, large: 78 calories
  • Dried Fruit (3 oz.):
    • Pears: 236 calories
    • Raisins: 230 calories
    • Prunes: 204 calories
    • Craisins (1/3 cup): 138 calories
  • Brown or long grain rice (1/2 cup): 105 calories
  • Wheat pasta (1/2 cup): 87 calories
  • Pretzel, soft (2 oz.): 210 calories
  • Cold cereal (3/4 cup) + 2% milk (1 cup): 240 calories
  • Milk (1 cup): 120 calories
  • Jelly/Jam (2 tbsp.): 100 calories
  • Hershey's Dark Chocolate:
    • 9 kisses: 230 calories
    • 2 miniatures: 90 calories
  • Nuts (1 oz.):
    • Almonds (22 pieces): 169 calories
    • Peanuts (30 large): 166 calories
    • Pistachios (49 pieces): 162 calories
    • Trail mix (1 cup): 707 calories
  • Juice (1 cup):
    • Pineapple: 132 calories
    • Apple: 120 calories
    • Pear Nectar: 150 calories
    • Orange: 110 calories
    • Red grape: 170 calories
    • V8: 50 calories

Sweet Items

  • Nesquik powder/Hershey's syrup (2 tbsp.): 100 calories
  • Pop Tarts/Toaster Pastry: 200 calories each
  • Doughnut, medium (3 inch): 175 calories
  • Brownie (2-inch square): 112 calories
  • Croissant, plain (medium): 231 calories
  • Chocolate cake with frosting (1/9 of cake): 235 calories
  • Hostess Cupcakes (1 cake): 180 calories
  • Banana chips, dried (half-cup): 218 calories
  • 3 Pancakes + Butter + Syrup: 400 calories
  • Pancake syrup (2 tbsp.): 100 calories
  • White sugar (2 tbsp.): 96 calories
  • Brown sugar (2 tbsp.): 66 calories
  • Oreo cookies (3): 160 calories
  • Pudding (1/2 cup):
    • Chocolate: 197 calories
    • Tapioca: 169 calories
    • Vanilla: 147 calories
    • Bread pudding dessert: 150 calories
  • Ice Cream (1/2 cup):
    • Regular (10% fat): 201 calories
    • Soft-serve (13% fat): 222 calories
    • Ben & Jerry's Super-Rich Ice Cream (20% fat): 300 calories
    • Gelati/Gelato: 100 calories
  • Yogurt-covered raisins (1 oz.): 130 calories
  • Drinks/Syrups:
    • Hot chocolate (3 tsp./1 envelope/1 oz.): 111 calories
    • Eggnog, regular (1/2 cup): 180 calories
    • Sweetened condensed milk (2 tbsp.): 130 calories
    • Evaporated regular milk (1 can/5 oz.): 196 calories
    • Evaporated dried milk (1/4 cup): 109 calories
    • Buttermilk (1 cup): 100 calorie average
    • Half & Half (2 tbsp.): 40 calories
    • Soda (1 cup/8 oz.): 100 calories
  • Candy:
    • Hershey's milk chocolate bar or 9 kisses: 230 calories
    • M&M's chocolate peanut (1.7 oz.): 250 calories
    • Peanut Brittle (3.5 oz.): 486 calories
    • Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (1 package/1.5 oz.): 230 calories
    • Peanut butter candy bar (1 bar/1.4 oz.): 209 calories
  • Coconut:
    • Shredded, unsweetened/raw (1 cup): 283 calories
    • Shredded, sweetened, dried (1 cup): 466 calories
    • Coconut milk (1 cup): 552 calories
    • Coconut cream (1 cup): 568 calories
    • Mounds or Almond Joy Candy, Snack Size: 80 calories

Savory/Salty Items

  • Mashed potatoes + gravy, milk and butter (1/2 cup): 150 calories
  • Chef Boyardee mini beef ravioli (1 cup): 250 calories
  • Buitoni four cheese ravioli (1/2 cup): 317 calories
  • Plain pasta + sauce (1/2 cup): 180 calories
  • Bacon, cooked (2 slices): 86 calories
  • Hot dog with roll: 315 calories
  • Egg salad (1/2 cup): 300 calories
  • Tuna salad (with mayo) sandwich wrap: 680 calories
  • Potato chips (1 oz. bag): 160 calories
  • Tortilla chips (1 oz.): 141 calories
  • Cheese Croissant (medium): 236 calories
  • 1 Fried Egg: 92 calories (+ cheese (2 oz.): 200 calories)
  • Hot Pocket (1 sandwich): 350 calories
  • Creamed soup (1 cup): 200 calories
  • Rice (1/2 cup):
    • Fried: 141 calories
    • White sticky: 84 calories
  • Pizza (1 slice):
    • Cheese: 272 calories
    • Pepperoni: 298 calories
  • Heavy Whipping Cream (1/4 cup): 200 calories
  • Protein powder, whey (0.8 oz./1 scoop): 90 calories
  • Spreads/Condiments (2 tbsp.):
    • Miracle Whip salad dressing: 80 calories
    • Hellmann's Real Mayo: 180 calories
    • Kraft mayonnaise: 200 calories
    • Shortening: 230 calories
    • Skippy or Jif Peanut Butter: 190 calories
    • Butter: 204 calories
    • Cream cheese: 102 calories
    • Sour cream: 52 calories
  • Salad Dressing (2 tbsp.):
    • Caesar: 156 calories
    • Blue Cheese: 152 calories
    • Ranch: 146 calories
    • Italian: 86 calories
  • Cheese (1 oz./1 slice):
    • Mozzarella, part skim milk: 72 calories
    • American: 105 calories
    • Cheddar: 114 calories
  • Kraft Mac-n-Cheese (1/3 package/2 oz.): 260 calories

Restaurant Choices

  • Burger King:
    • Whopper: 670 calories
    • Croissan'wich with sausage, egg and cheese: 470 calories
  • KFC
    • Mashed potatoes with gravy side dish (5 oz.): 140 calories
    • Biscuit (2 oz.): 220 calories
  • Pizza Hut:
    • Personal Pan Pizza (1/2): 310 calories
    • Hand Turned Pepperoni Pizza (1 slice): 360 calories
    • 1 Breadstick: 150 calories
  • Macaroni Grill:
    • Stuffed Lobster Ravioli (1 order): 1090 calories
  • Panera:
    • Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich: 420 calories
    • Tuna salad (1/2 sandwich): 400 calories
  • Au Bon Pain:
    • Chocolate Croissant (3 oz.): 340 calories
    • Almond Croissant (5 oz.): 510 calories
  • Bob Evans:
    • Banana Nut Bread Pudding Dessert (1/2 serving): 378 calories
  • Chili's
    • Nachos (1/2 order): 785 calories
    • Molten Chocolate Cake with ice cream (1 serving): 1270 calories
  • Rita's Misto Shake:
    • Regular: 500 calories
    • Large with ice cream: 820 calories
  • Costco Chocolate Muffin (6 oz.): 690 calories
  • Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake (1 slice):
    • Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Dough: 1150 calories
    • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: 1090 calories
  • McDonalds
    • Egg McMuffin: 300 calories
    • Sausage McMuffin with Egg: 450 calories
    • Big Mac: 540 calories
    • Small Fries: 248 calories
    • McFlurry (12 oz): 560 calories
  • Dairy Queen Blizzard:
    • Large: 1100 calories
    • Small: 600 calories
  • Rita's Gelati (regular): 390-430 calories

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This page was last updated on: December 30, 2009.